Vowel Reduction Patterns of Early Spanish-English Bilinguals Receiving Continuous L1 and L2 Input

This study investigates the production of three morphophonetic variations of schwa in
American English: the plural allomorph {-s} as in watches, the possessive allomorph {-s} as in
Sasha’s, and word-finally as in Russia. The production of these three allomorphs were
examined in Miami’s English monolingual and early Spanish-English bilingual populations.
Our purpose was to determine how native-like early Spanish-English bilinguals’ spectral
qualities and reduced vowel durations were compared to Miami English monolinguals during
a reading task. Results indicate that early bilinguals’ reduced vowels followed the same
overall pattern as monolinguals, but had different acoustic properties.


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